Why Sports Medicine for Growing Athletes Matters

Because their bones, muscles and bodies are still growing, teen athletes need specialized care after a sports-related injury or illness. So, where you take them matters. The Sports Medicine Program at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is one of the only programs in the country dedicated exclusively to caring for growing athletes. Our team of pediatric sports medicine experts includes:

  • Sports medicine primary care physicians
  • Orthopedic surgeons
  • Certified athletic trainers
  • Sports physical therapists 

Our experts are trained in age-appropriate techniques and focused on treating sports-related injuries and conditions in elite young athletes.

What Sports Medicine Treats

If your growing athlete has an injury, it’s important they see a sports medicine team trained in pediatrics, and one that understands how to diagnose and care for kids and teens to avoid long-term damage. Our multidisciplinary team develops specialized, effective treatments that return teen athletes to playing their sport as safely and quickly as possible.

We treat growing athletes who have a wide range of sports-related injuries and conditions, including:

Back, neck and spine

Upper body

Lower body

*Denotes an overuse injury. The best way to prevent and recover from any type of overuse is to rest and minimize the activity that is causing pain. It’s also important to use the right equipment and supportive footwear.

Call 404-785-KIDS (5437) for more information.

We Have Specialists For Most Popular Sports

Our sports medicine team understands the sports your teen plays. We have pediatric experts that specialize in:

Our Unique Approach to Sports Medicine

We provide comprehensive assessment, treatment and expert advice for growing athletes with injuries and conditions that affect sports performance. When it comes to young athletes, where you take them matters. Because we only work with kids and teens, we recognize when they're ready to progress to the next level of treatment and how to push them. We use special equipment and technology to find and correct techniques and mechanics and improve sport performance. We offer same- and next-day appointments at conveniently located facilities throughout metro Atlanta. 

Specialized treatment and testing

Meet Our Sports Medicine Team

Our Sports Medicine Program, led by orthopedic and sports medicine specialists, including doctors and surgeons who work closely with orthopedic surgeons in the community to help ensure complete, coordinated care is delivered seamlessly at our hospitals for growing athletes with sports medicine needs.

Our program is led by David Marshall, MD, Medical Director, and Michael T. Busch, MD, Surgical Director. Our orthopedic quality and outcomes initiatives are led by S. Clifton Willimon, MD, Medical Director. 

Children's Physician Group - Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Primary Care 

Orthopedic Surgeons

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Community orthopedic surgeons

  • Albert M. Pendleton, MD

Certified Athletic Trainers

Physical Therapists

Meet Our Sports Medicine Patients

Below are some incredible athletes from metro Atlanta who have benefited from our Sports Medicine Program. These strong teens are real patients with real stories. Scroll through to meet Nick, Aleks, Chaz, Zoe and Alison. 

Helpful Sports Medicine Resources

Check out the helpful links below to learn more from our pediatric specialists about how you can recognize, avoid or understand various conditions better, and when to contact an expert.

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How to recognize the signs of a concussion

How to avoid 3 types of heat-related illness

What you should know about MRSA and children

Sports Medicine Locations

Sports medicine primary care physicians and surgeons

Our sports medicine primary care physicians and pediatric orthopedic surgeons see patients at 14 office locations. Request an appointment today

Sports physical therapy 

Our sports physical therapists see patients at our 13 sports medicine gyms. Schedule an appointment today